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- Sep 15, 2013
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Before he was King, our Edward the 7th had Camilla's grandmother as his mistress, no joke.It is not "morganatic". There was a hoo hah at the time that people would "never accept Camilla as Queen" mainly from people who had not understood that the whole basis of the monarchy is that you don't get a choice. The rules of succession exist, whether that is a good thing or a bad thing.
There were never going to be any offspring of the marriage. Camilla was 57 at the time of the wedding and unlikely to be of child bearing age.
Assuming Charles ascends to the throne, Camilla will be Queen Consort and assuming he dies before her, she will become Queen Dowager. That's how it works whether the consort is the first or second spouse, and whether they are popular and attractive, or not.
The fact that some people do not like Camilla and the fact that, even in this day and age, some apparently still choose to define a woman by her looks, are irrelevant. If Charles' first marriage had continued and Diana had lived, she would in due course have become Queen Consort and then, on Charles' prior death, Queen Dowager: exactly the same.
It was never on the cards for either Diana or Camilla to become Queen Regnant — just as the late Queen Mother was "Queen Elizabeth" but not "the second", and became Queen Dowager and Queen Mother when her daughter ascended to the throne.
Personally, although not a royalist, I have a lot of respect for Camilla. I also think she looked radiant on her wedding day. Given a choice between being snowed in for a weekend in a pub with Diana or Camilla, I would choose Camilla every time because I bet she can hold an interesting conversation, is resourceful, and knows some dirty jokes.